Introduction: QUICK WING BOLT DRIVER

I assembled for a friend recently a couch he purchased in pieces from IKEA.

It came with several large wing bolts, (not wing nuts), that seemed very long and tedious to screw in.

Step 1: STEP 1: RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM

The wing bolt was about 3/8", (some metric equivalent, I am sure), in diameter, and close to three inches long. After driving this one in about half way, (see photo), I stopped to brainstorm for thirty seconds.

Step 2: STEP 2: SOLVING PROBLEM

Since my drill driver has a 1/2" chuck, I knew the threads would fit inside it. So I put one of the Wing bolts in the chuck as shown in new photo. Second new photo shows bolt up close.

Step 3: STEP 3: ENGAGE WINGS

Start bolt in hole, couple turns at least to make sure not cross threaded, then.........(see photo).

Engage wings to wings, and turn on drill a little bit by barely pulling on trigger.

Have drill in low gear, (first gear), for more control and power.

Step 4: STEP 4: LAST BOLT

This works very well for all except, of course, for the very last bolt. It had to come out of the drill to go in the couch.

You may want to tighten it a bit with pliers after working fingers to the bone driving it down. Or put a screwdriver across the wings.

So the bolt became a tool. At least temporarily.

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Woodclaver made it! (author)2017-07-04

HF makes an eight dollar kit of security fasteners that comes with a "Y" shapped thing with the quarter inch hex shaft, looks like it is supposed to drive exactly this sort of thing. But on the first bolt while using it, the "Y" portion snapped off the shaft. I hadn't bothered to mention that because it didn't work.

I didn't know when I arranged to make the couch that it was gonna have the bolts. If he orders another fifteen hundred dollar couch from IKEA, I will ask him to order one extra set of the bolts.

(Actually, the socket idea wouldn't work on the wings, as they were fairly rounded, and about 1 1/4" tip to tip, unless you were willing to sacrifice a socket by cutting slots across it a half inch deep or so in a half inch or so socket.)

I do carry a screw eye in my kit which was torqued out of shape a bit for driving other screw eyes. Was trying to figure out at first how to use it on these. Honestly, IKEA wasted a bunch of money on the bolts, they could have used a simple hex head bolt to do the same job, for probably a third the price. These Wing head bolts were not the cheapest way to make the kit.

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Eric Brouwer made it! (author)2017-07-04

This is alway a problem. Thanks for sharing.

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gm280 made it! (author)2017-07-04

Two options you could have also used. One is buy replacement bolts at the hardware store of the exact sizes and used a ratchet wrench to install. Second, you could use a large socket to fit over the wings and used that to install them. Of course that is not to say what you decided to use was a good option as well. In fact that was a clever idea.

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Eric Brouwer made it! (author)Eric Brouwer2017-07-04

I never thought of using a socket.

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